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Rodent Control.

Rats and mice are an all too common problem for residents and local housing associations across the country. They not only bring a whole host of potential health problems (see below) they can also cause property damage and significant emotional distress.

 

Our specialist rodent control teams are experts in understanding rodent behaviour and in the tools and techniques that will eradicate them from your home.

 

We always operate under the strictest health and safety standards and ensure that our traps and baits are kept out of the reach of children and your household pets.

Potential Health Risks.

Weil's disease

This is an infection transmitted from rodents to humans usually through contact with their urine in infected water. Most commonly this occurs through people rubbing their eyes, having cuts or broken skin. Symptoms include headache, fever and meningitis, and in extreme cases jaundice and kidney failure can be fatal.


Murine typhus

Murine typhus is a type of typhus that is transmitted to humans from fleas that live on rats. Symptoms include headaches, fever, muscle and joint pain, nausea and in severe cases can result in seizures and other neurological problems.


Spirillary fever

Also known as 'rat-bite fever, is a serious bacteria transmitted from rodents to humans via their urine or mucous secretions (hence the rat-bite name). Although symptoms can vary depending on what country the infection took place, common reactions include chills, fevers, headache, swollen lymph nodes in the neck, groin and armpits.


Hantavirus

Hantavirus can be a fatal virus transmitted from rodents to humans via contact with their urine, mucous or feces. The two most extreme health outcomes include renal failure syndrome and pulmonary syndrome.


Listeriosis

Listeriosis is a bacterial infection that affects humans who are considered vulnerable (either very young or very old) or immunocompromised individuals. Particularly high risk groups include pregnant women and HIV sufferers. Transmission takes places through human consumption of foods contaminated with rodent feces.


Salmonella

Salmonella is an serious infection spread to humans through ingestion of food or liquid contaminated by rodent urine and feces. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, bloody diarrhoea, fever/chills or blood in stools or urine.


Fleas

Fleas that live on rodents can transmit many of the diseases mentioned above via blood cross contamination. Recently their have been cases of bubonic plague in Madagascar, a fatal condition spread by rodent fleas.

Potential Health Risks.

  • Loud scratchings noises under floorboards, skirting boards and walls

 

  • Dark droppings around the size of a sultana

 

  • Ripped or chewed packaging

 

  • Nesting materials  (wood shavings, plastic bags, cardboard)

 

  • Strong ammonia smell

 

  • Footprints or "running tracks"

 

  • Rub marks (smearing of grease from the Rat's hair)

 

  • Burrowed entrances around 7 - 12 cm

 

  • Chewed electrical cables

 

  • Damaged plastic pipes and plumbing

If you are having problems with rodents on your property please call us FREE for a free quote on 0141 889 2999 and arrange for one of our surveyors to visit. Alternatively you can contact us via our form at the top of the page.

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